Governance without Government? The case of the forest stewardship council

Bell, Stephen and Hindmoor, Andrew (2012) Governance without Government? The case of the forest stewardship council. Public Administration, 90 1: 144-159. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9299.2011.01954.x

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Author Bell, Stephen
Hindmoor, Andrew
Title Governance without Government? The case of the forest stewardship council
Journal name Public Administration   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0033-3298
1467-9299
Publication date 2012-03
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9299.2011.01954.x
Open Access Status
Volume 90
Issue 1
Start page 144
End page 159
Total pages 16
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract The relationship between state and non-state actors has been the subject of extensive debate within the governance literature. During this time two influential but very different accounts of governance have emerged: a society-centred account which talks of governance without government and a state-centric perspective which maintains that governance largely occurs by and through governments. There are of course alternative and more nuanced positions on offer. These two have nevertheless served to frame the debate around governance by engendering a zero-sum understanding of the relationship between state and non-state actors which obscures the way in which the presence of non-state actors can enhance the policy capacities of state actors and vice versa. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has been lauded as an exemplar of governance without government and has indeed, on occasions, had to overcome the indifference or even outright hostility of governments. But the society-centred account does not do justice to the range of very different and sometimes mutually beneficial relationships between the FSC and state actors.
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Additional Notes Article first published online: 20 JUL 2011

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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